Cherry juice is set for a sales boost in the run-up to this month’s London marathon after a new study claimed it would aid runners’ recovery faster than any other drink.

Scientists suggest the tart-tasting fruit contains antioxidant vitamins known as anthocyanins that help the body resist damage and repair itself.

Dr Glyn Howaston of the School of Psychology & Sports Sciences at Northumbria University said the chemicals found in the fruit had anti-inflammatory properties that helped people recover from muscle damage after endurance events.

The research examined the properties of Montmorency cherries in 20 London marathon athletes.

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Focus On Juices & Smoothies (20 March 2010)